Rural Heritage TOUR
1855 - 1865
Tour the two story frame Greek Revival house and stone smoke house built by Swiss immigrants, Justi and Mary Thiebaud for their Family of ten children.
Two Sites - Two Families
Enjoy the Family life and culture of two French-Swiss families separated by 50 years located in one of Indiana's most rural counties. Sample hearth cooking, walk in the kitchen garden,talk with period reenactors and learn about their trades.
Both Sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo credits: Vickie Young, Donna Weaver
2012 Rural Heritage Tour
Switzerland County Tourism
Vevay Switzerland County Foundation
Musee de Venoge does not have electricity, heat or water and uses heating and lighting sources common to 1815. The Thiebaud house is intended to be used throughout the year for a variety of functions, so unobtrusive conveniences have been utilized but activities and techniques are representative of 1860.
1805 - 1815
Visit one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture that once characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County. Explore history in this French-Swiss cottage. (www.venoge.org)
2012 Rural Heritage Tour was a tremendous success!
Click anywhere in the pictures to view
a slide show of the 2012 tour.
The Switzerland County Historical Society and Musee de Venoge are extremely pleased to have welcomed our local community and visitors from throughout the tri-state area. The rewarding accolades received throughout the two-day event are very much appreciated.
The Thiebaud house was incredibly welcoming, especially after sitting vacant for over 20 years and being the object of restoration for the past year. Add a wonderful collection of period appropriate furnishings (all donated!!!), devoted reenactors and the tantalizing scents of hearth cooking and you are transformed to the mid-19th century.